2020



(2020; 72 minutes; USA)

a monastic drama

Disenchanted with the corruption of society, Jacob joins a Zen monastery.
One day his meditation practice ignites a spontaneous but disturbing out
of body experience. Going against traditional Zen practice he pursues
the more esoteric dimension of astral travel and discovers bizarre
new worlds that rattle the very ground of his being.

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THE TRAILER; "The Vanishing Field" reviewed (no spoilers)



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"Jogen Salzberg (a Zen Buddhist monk, not a professional actor) stars brilliantly as “Jacob,” an intense young millennial in search of spiritual transformation in Antero Alli’s astonishingly original masterpiece, “The Vanishing Field”. Alli explores the interior experience of Jacob, creating the sensation that we are actually inside Jacob’s mind experiencing his thoughts and visions. These visions are not dreams, or fantasies, but actual interior experiences of the sort that will be familiar to anybody who has spent serious time in the discipline of meditation. It is Alli’s exceptional accomplishment to make this adventure riveting and suspenseful without relying on a convoluted plot. “The Vanishing Field” is a poetic investigation of very real experience, not a science fiction fantasy...it is also a gem of a motion picture." - Charles Kruger for Flickstorm -- click this to read the entire review

 


THE CAST & THE CREW



Tomas (Ed Welsh) and Jacob (Jogen Salzberg) negotiate an esoteric pact


JOGEN SALZBERG as Jacob
HOGEN BAYS, Roshi as himself
ED WELSH as Tomas
SYLVI ALLI as the Ubume
DOUGLAS ALLEN as Dragonfly
NITA BRYANT as the Oracle and the Mother



Jacob (Jogen Salzberg) encounters the Oracle (Nita Bryant)

~ The Crew ~
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
Sylvi Alli (costumes & make-up), Ed Welsh, Cibyl Kavan,
Robert D'Esposito, Sage O'Reilly, and Dragos Dobai

CGI by Michael McWhirter@FinisherMedia.com Soundtrack, Sylvi Alli
Additional music by Spider the Akronaut, Jogen Salzberg, Antero Alli
Thanks to the gracious support of The Great Vow Zen Monastery.
Spoken words improvised around ideas presented by the director.
Oracle monologue by Anton Chekhov (from "The Sea Gull")
Story, cinematography, editing, & direction by Antero Alli.



VISION STATEMENT, REVIEWS & VIEWER RESPONSES, FILMOGRAPHY, IMDb




Jacob (Jogen Salzberg) emerges from a dark abyss


VISION STATEMENT by Antero Alli
How and Why this Movie was Made

Two Reviews plus Many Viewer Responses
Including more stills from the movie

Antero Alli, filmography -- Produced by Vertical Pool